The (dis)United Kingdom: A few things off my chest

Firstly, this post is very little to do with Brexit but many of the themes may have contributed to the current state of political and media debate about the UK’s departure from the EU.

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I don’t consider this to be that well written — it’s basically a rant when I had promised myself I’d sit down and watch yesterday’s Match of Day, with a cup of coffee after a full on week volunteering for Extinction Rebellion. I need a break but I must write this because “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”

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Network (1976) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/

So here goes — ten things about the ‘United’ Kingdom’s politics and media that I hate — how many do you agree with? If any are unfamiliar to you, I’ve added some references to the bottom:

  1. A country where we believe in ‘international law’ except when it finds us guilty (then we ignore it) i.e. Chagos Islands;

I’m sorry but I just had to get this off my chest — I’m going to watch Match of the Day now!

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References (not particularly well referenced but a guide to the point I’m making):

1 — UK vs Mauritius ref: Chagos Islands https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/un-vote-backing-chagos-islands-a-blow-for-uk

2 — Julian Assange, journalist, arbitrarily detained in London says the UN https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/feb/04/julian-assange-wikileaks-arrest-friday-un-investigation and mocked and lied about by The Guardian (who published much of what Wikileaks obtained from Manning).

3 — Blair / Campbell re: Invasion of Iraq and recent statements on Brexit/People’s Vote etc. Do I really need to provide references on this?

4 — See https://www.jonathan-cook.net/2019-02-21/anti-semitism-divide-britain-labour-party/ for antisemitism critique and this article by Peter Oborne https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/tom-bower-book-dangerous-hero-jeremy-corbyn-labour-leader-truth for more general fake news about Corbyn which is not challenged by mainstream media (Peter excepted).

5 — UK abstains (rather than welcome) this UN report on the shooting of unarmed protestors in Gaza https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=24226&LangID=E

6 — “We Don’t Do Propaganda” Medialens http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/898-the-destruction-of-freedom-chelsea-manning-julian-assange-and-the-corporate-media.html

7 — Hypocritical treatment of Russia compared to Israel — watch The Lobby and the potentially more explosive (and suppressed) The Lobby USA.

8 — Read Deep Adaptation by Prof Jem Bendell and related writings on his blog https://jembendell.wordpress.com/ then join Extinction Rebellion (rebellion.earth) to take action!

9 — Yemen (and oh yes, we train Saudi pilots in the UK to make sure they minimise the number of wedding parties and school buses they hit (God bless us)) — Source: Mark Curtis (typical MC research)

10 — Or France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece or anywhere in Scandinavia (if they will have me) :-)

Former investment banker who decided the climate and ecological disaster demanded he volunteer full-time with Extinction Rebellion.

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